I'm working on my PC k certificate and we have to do figure 8 bandages of the horse's knee. I tried that today, after my first try, my poor mare could hardly move her knee lol But luckily I got progressively better at it after the first time!
Anyway, my question is, what is the point of doing these figure 8 bandages on horse's knees? Is it for injuries? I just would like to know the reason for it... hope someone can tell me!
Hmm, I'm not a vet so I don't know all the potential uses, but ...
Could be used to hold ice packs on? Could be used to keep some sort of wound clean of flies yet allow the leg to move? Support the area just above or below, maybe add a little stablility to the joint, but not too restrictive, like if you were to wrap your ankle with a bandage-can still have some mobility, but it's supported at the same time.
Those are what I think of (I hope I'm thinking of the right thing-I haven't really woken up yet)LOL
The reason for doing figure 8's is when wrapping a joint, the most important thing to remember is that the joint must be free to bend, especially if the horse should lie down. A bandage that binds the accessory carpal bone, the little bone that sticks out the back of the knee, can cause extreme lameness or even a slab fracture should the horse fold its leg under itself when it lies down. Figure 8's done correctly allow for some bending.